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Offline ForestMan

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Cut my first Mesquite log today
« on: April 11, 2010, 01:14:16 am »
Here are some photos of my first mesquite I cut.  I know they are close-ups, but I think the grain is very nice.  It was a short log, about 3 and 1/2 feet long.





I'm going to use this particular board to make a cutting board for my wife.  It is 3/4 inches thick and will have to trim the 3' + board down to size.  Mabe I'll make a second for my wife's mother.
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Re: Cut my first Mesquite log today
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 01:24:15 am »
Forestman, nice job.  How does cutting the Mesquite compare to other logs you cut? Is it a very dense, hard wood?
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Re: Cut my first Mesquite log today
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010, 08:06:19 am »
Yes, mesquite is very dense and one of the hardest woods.  It is also one of the most stable woods in the world.  There is very little movement in the wood when drying and does not take up moisture again as easily as some other wood species. 

It cuts really well.  I had no trouble.  A couple of times it would bog down a little and I had to cut a bit slower.  I guess that is for knots or if I was trying to cut faster. 

The wood is very heavy because it is so dense.  But it is quite pleasing to look at.
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Re: Cut my first Mesquite log today
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010, 09:16:27 am »
And, in the best FF tradition, the slabs and edgings are good in the bar-b-que pit. 8)
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Re: Cut my first Mesquite log today
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2010, 12:27:38 pm »
How far east can Mesquite be found in Texas.  We had a deer lease in Big Wells, Texas, (south west of San Antonio) that was just covered in Mesquite.  The land owner ended up deep plowing to get rid of it.  We'd bring a trailer load home with us every time were went out there. 
I'd like to find a closer source.  Finding logs big enough to saw must be a problem.
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Re: Cut my first Mesquite log today
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2010, 02:37:59 pm »
San Antonio is in a very interesting area.  It is right on the line between the gardener's 8 and 9 zones, it sits at the foot of the hill country, east is farmland and west is almost semi-arid.  We are still fairly humid here, which surprised me, being from east texas.  I thought it would be dryer, but we still get moisture from the gulf of mexico.

I don't know the exact answer to your question, although I can say that not too far east of san antonio the trees change.  Probably 100 miles or so east and it looks different already.  I don't really recall any mesquites closer to houston than that.

I got this mesquite from a tree service guy.

I met another tree service person not far from where I live.  He has agreed to dump all his logs and chips on my property for free.  He asked if I wanted one or ten loads a week.

He says he is cutting a lot of ash right now.  It will be interesting to see what comes out of the back of his truck.

Also, he said that a farmer plows in the chips to replenish the minerals in his soil.  I have 26 acres with very poor soil, so I'm planning on doing that with all his chips.  Hopefully I can get free logs and turn my soil around too.  That would be great if I were able to do that for free.


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Re: Cut my first Mesquite log today
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2010, 03:42:24 pm »
On January 1st, on your second post, you talked about sawing Mesquite.....and now you did.  Congratulations.

Your plans are coming together very nicely...... :)
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Re: Cut my first Mesquite log today
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2010, 10:12:49 pm »
Thank you, Magicman.  I feel very blessed to have a sawmill. 

I feel that the Lord had a hand in this.  I now have a power I never had before.  I can take logs and turn them into lumber.  I will soon be able to dry them too.

I want to create a business and make money, but with all the commotion in the world, I have a way to really help others in a way that I did not have power to do before.  It is humbling and amazing to me.  I hope to serve others as much as I help myself with this new tool.
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Re: Cut my first Mesquite log today
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2010, 12:39:55 am »
     Congratulations ForestMan on your new mill!  It is pretty empowering to be able turn a raw resource into a useable product. 
     I lived in Carbon Texas for a short time.  It is between Abeline and Stevenville and right on the edge of the hill country.  We use to tie our horses to mesquite trees, but 100 miles north of there the mesquites were just bushes.  I had no idea that it was a good hardwood.  Thanks for the info.